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French foie gras makers say they are ready if bird flu returns

French foie gras makers say they are ready if bird flu returnsFrench foie gras makers, still recovering from two severe bird flu crises that ravaged flocks, said on Thursday they would be able to face any new outbreak thanks to strict security measures but prices will remain high to make up for increased costs. France, which has one of the largest poultry flocks in the European Union, is one of the countries that was most affected by the H5N8 bird flu virus that spread through wild birds across the continent last year. Of course some cases may break out at any time but by no means we will be in the same situation, we’ll be able to deal with it very quickly,” Marie-Pierre Pe, director of French foie gras makers group CIFOG, told reporters.



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British cyclist shot dead by hunter in French Alps

British cyclist shot dead by hunter in French AlpsA British mountain biker has been shot dead in the French Alps after he was mistaken for an animal by a local hunter. Marc Sutton, 34, originally from south Wales, died on Saturday evening after being struck by a single bullet while cycling in thick woods near the ski resort of Les Gets. The 22-year-old gunman, who has a firearms licence, was with a group of around 20 other hunters when the tragedy occurred. He had to be admitted to hospital after suffering from deep shock following the incident. Mr Sutton, a chef, had lived in the Alps for a number of years and owned and ran a restaurant with his girlfriend near the village of Morzine. Marc Sutton was a keen and experienced mountain biker  Credit: Facebook Amie Henderson, 38, a friend and neighbour of the of the couple told the Telegraph: “This is a very tight-knit expat community and we are all deeply shocked. There is anger too because every year there are hunting accidents.” Ms Henderson, who runs a local magazine for holidaymakers called Morzine Source, added: “Marc had a lot of friends in the area. We’ll all miss him.” Another local wrote on Facebook:  "This is absolutely devastating. Everyone in our community will be affected by last night’s accident. So very sad for Marc and everyone with him." Les Gets – locator map A source involved with the police investigation said: "He died instantly after being hit with a single bullet. The accident happened on Saturday evening in thick woods. The shooter went into deep shock when he realised what he had done." The source added: "He was riding a mountain bike on a popular and well used track, but it was difficult to get to and would not have been busy as darkness approached. The hunter may have mistaken him for an animal.” Marc Sutton with his partner Jo Watts Credit: Facebook But local prosecutor for the Thonon-Les-Bains region said: "Couldn't be confused with game, as he had a coloured helmet and a coloured mountain bike", suggesting the weapon might have gone off accidentally. It is understood local police are treating the matter as aggravated manslaughter for which the gunman could be prosecuted and jailed. “He was riding a mountain bike on a popular and well used track, but it was difficult to get to and would not have been busy as darkness approached. The hunter may have mistaken him for an animal.” Marc Sutton was shot dead on Saturday evening The Foreign Office said it was in contact with the local authorities and was ready to provide assistance to the man's family. It is the latest in a series of hunting accidents in which people have been killed or severely wounded. Last year a 59-year-old hiker was shot dead by a hunter in the Drôme and a 13-year-old boy died when he was accidentally shot by his grandfather. In 2017 a woman who had been sitting in her garden was killed after a stray hunter's bullet passeds through her garden hedge. In 2016, there were 18 fatal hunting accidents reported in France.



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French police investigate Interpol chief, missing on home visit to China

French police investigate Interpol chief, missing on home visit to China“France is puzzled about the situation of Interpol’s president and concerned about the threats made to his wife,” the ministry said. It was not clear why Meng, 64, who was named Interpol’s president two years ago, had traveled to China. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post quoted an unnamed source as saying Meng had been taken for questioning as soon as he landed there, but it also was not clear why.



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'Radical vegans' strike fear into French butchers

'Radical vegans' strike fear into French butchersWhen the stone slabs crashed into her butcher’s shop window last week, Elisabeth Cure became the latest victim of “radical vegans” who are trying to force a change in eating habits in traditionally meat-loving France. The attack in a quiet town of Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, 50 kilometres (30 miles) southwest of Paris, took place at 3:00 am, startling Cure as she slept above the store. As in other similar incidents around France over the last year, her tormentors left a tell-tale tag scrawled on the shopfront: “End the Repression”.



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French and British fishermen clash in scallop war skirmish

French and British fishermen clash in scallop war skirmishThe British were heavily outnumbered at five boats to around 35 French vessels, according to maritime official Ingrid Parot, and were eventually chased from the scallop-rich waters of the Baie de Seine area of Normandy. The skirmish took place more than 12 nautical miles out to sea where the British are legally allowed to fish all year round. Apparently there was stone-throwing, but no injuries,” said Normandy fishing chief Dimitri Rogoff.



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A scallop skirmish erupts between French, British boats

A scallop skirmish erupts between French, British boatsPARIS (AP) — It won't be remembered as one of the great naval encounters between France and England but, unlike at the Battle of Trafalgar, this time French mariners felt they won.



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Scallops row warnings 'fell on deaf ears', say UK fishermen, after French 'hurl rocks and smoke bombs' at boats

Scallops row warnings 'fell on deaf ears', say UK fishermen, after French 'hurl rocks and smoke bombs' at boatsBritish fishermen have claimed that warnings about an extraordinary clash over scallops in the English Channel fell "on deaf ears". French mariners have been accused of endangering the lives of their UK counterparts after rocks, smoke bombs and other projectiles were allegedly hurled at English and Scottish vessels during the confrontation in the early hours of Tuesday. Around a dozen British boats were targeted by the rival flotilla in a protest over fishing rights in the scallop-rich waters exacerbated by Brexit talks. The Government said it had contacted officials in France about the matter, adding the vessels were "legally entitled" to fish in the area. But some British fishermen have claimed they had previously reported similar skirmishes over the past two years to the authorities. "Nothing happened, it just went on deaf ears," said Brixham-based mariner Derek Meredith. Around a dozen UK fishing boats were targeted by a rival French flotilla in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy early on Tuesday The South Western Fish Producers Organisation, which represents many of the boats and has been negotiating with French fishermen, condemned the behaviour as dangerous. Chief executive Jim Portus said: "They are endangering life at sea by being unprofessional. The French might look like heroes to the French coastal communities, but it's really awful to put other mariners in danger." Around 40 French boats were said to be responsible for the disruption. One of the British ships, The Golden Promise, had a window smashed by an airborne can, while another suffered fire damage after a flare was thrown at it, Mr Portus said. A smashed window onboard of Golden Promise at the Brixham Harbour in Devon, which was broken by a rock thrown by french fishermen Credit: SWNS.com  He claimed to have received a message from the chief negotiator of the French scallop industry on Wednesday morning that said: "I regret the altercations that occurred… it will not happen again." 'It's happened before… the French navy were there and did nothing' It is not the first time such a clash has taken place, according to the owner of one of the Brixham boats involved. Derek Meredith told the BBC: "It's happened in previous years, two years ago it happened to us – not as forceful as this time I wouldn't have said – but the same thing, the French navy were there on site and never done a thing. "We reported it to the (Marine Management Organisation), nothing happened, it just went on deaf ears." The skipper of Joanna C, Nathan Clark, also told the broadcaster: "I'm not really concerned because we're doing nothing wrong… it's just the safety of my crew and the boat really, because there's nothing to stop them doing it all over again." Fishermen Callum Clark and Nathan Clark onboard Joanna C at the Brixham Harbour in Devon after they were attacked Credit: SWNS.com  Britain's National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations has appealed for calm, while the Scottish White Fish Producers Association lashed out at the "vigilante behaviour". Long-running dispute over section of Channel Maritime authorities in France also sought to soothe tensions on Wednesday, decrying the showdown as "very dangerous" and expressing hope that "things will calm down". The long-running dispute centres on a section of the Channel from which French fishermen cannot harvest scallops until later in the year, due to domestic environmental laws. Dramatic footage broadcast by France 3 Normandie showed boats colliding as tensions finally boiled over. The Honeybourne 3 (right), a Scottish scallop dredger, in dock at Shoreham Credit: Andrew Matthews /PA One of the British boats involved in the clash was said to be the Honeybourne 3, a Scottish scallop dredger, along with two ships from Brixham harbour, The Golden Promise and Joanna C. The Honeybourne 3, one of the British boats involved in the clash, was moored in Shoreham Port on Wednesday morning. A black spatter mark was visible on the vessel's stern while dents and scrapes marked the port side bow. MP claims 'no evidence' that French have taken action against vessels Fears have been raised about the safety of the British fleet, which the Government said was its "highest priority". Sheryll Murray, MP for South East Cornwall, claimed Environment Secretary Michael Gove had assured her that "appropriate measures" were in place to protect fishermen. She also criticised the response of the French authorities, saying there was "no evidence whatsoever" that they had taken action against the vessels. Dimitri Rogoff, head of a Normandy fishermen's association, said the violent scenes "demonstrate the exasperation of Normandy fishermen in a situation which persists and does not change". A history of fishing 'wars' At a glance | The “Cod Wars” UK government: Safety of fleet is highest priority A British government spokesman said: "We are aware of reports of aggression directed towards UK fishing vessels in an area of the English Channel not under UK control. "These vessels were operating in an area they are legally entitled to fish. "The safety of the UK fleet is our highest priority and we will continue to monitor the presence and activities of vessels in the area. "We are in contact with industry and the French administration to encourage meaningful dialogue and prevent further incidents from occurring."  



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Iraq sentences German and French Isil members to life in prison

Iraq sentences German and French Isil members to life in prisonAn Iraqi court on Monday sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison in the latest punishments handed down for belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group. Frenchman Lahcen Gueboudj, 58, and a German woman whose name was given only as Nadia were sentenced separately at the Baghdad central criminal court. Nadia's mother, a German woman of Moroccan origin, was sentenced to death in January for Isil membership but the sentence was later commuted to life, which in Iraq is equivalent to 20 years. The mother and daughter were arrested in July 2017 in Mosul, the jihadists' former de-facto capital in Iraq where the government declared victory over Isil in December last year. Neekor Israel Abdul Karim, 28, from Uzbekistan is convicted of joining Isil in Baghdad Central Criminal Court, on April 25 Credit: Sam Tarling for The Telegraph Wearing a black abaya in court, Nadia said she travelled from Syria to Iraq "to run away from the people of IS". Speaking in German with a few Arabic words, she said she travelled to Syria from Turkey with her mother, her daughter Yamana and her mentally disabled sister who was killed in a bombardment. Nadia's lawyer stressed that she was a minor at the time and that her marriage to an Isil jihadist in Syria was "not a decision taken by an adult in full conscience". The French defendant, meanwhile, refuted statements made during his interrogations. "I signed confessions in Arabic without knowing what was written," said Gueboudj, with short grey hair and stubble, wearing a brown prison uniform. "I would never have left France, if my eldest son Nabil, 25-years-old, hadn't gone to Syria," he said in French. "I wanted to convince him to return with us to France," added Gueboudj. The French citizen had travelled with his wife and children to Turkey before entering Syria, and later being arrested in Iraq.



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French gangster escapes from prison using a helicopter

French gangster escapes from prison using a helicopterWitnesses say several heavily-armed men landed a hijacked helicopter in the courtyard to free 46-year-old Redoine Faid, who was serving 25 years for murder.



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French politician Simone Veil honored with Pantheon burial

French politician Simone Veil honored with Pantheon burialPARIS (AP) — Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, who repeatedly broke barriers for women in French politics and spearheaded the fight to legalize abortion, was buried at the Pantheon on Sunday, an honor reserved for French heroes.



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